Digitization project at MVV receives award

PTA wins Best of Consulting Award 2021 of WirtschaftsWoche

Management consultants should be one thing above all: Excellent. Under this motto, WirtschaftsWoche once again honored first-class consulting projects with the “Best of Consulting 2021”, “Best of Consulting Mittelstand 2021” and “Best of Consulting Blue Chip 2021” awards on November 23 at the InterContinental Hotel on Düsseldorf’s Königsallee. Among the winners was PTA IT-Consulting, which took second place in the “Technologies” category of the prestigious “Best of Consulting” award. The jury honored the introduction of an operations diary at MVV Netze GmbH, which the PTA consultants developed together with the energy supplier in the openKONSEQUENZ working group.

The mood at Düsseldorf’s InterContinental on the Königsallee was festive: the WirtschaftsWoche jury chose PTA as one of Germany’s best management consultancies from among numerous applicants. The IT consultancy with headquarters in Mannheim was able to score points with the WiWo jury out of more than 160 competitors with the introduction of a company diary at MVV Netze, an energy supplier in Mannheim. What is special about this project is that the PTA consultants developed the solution in the openKONSEQUENZ working group, an association of network operators, IT manufacturers and institutions that is unique in Germany and has set itself the goal of developing open-source software required by network operators. The openKONSEQUENZ platform of the same name offers consortially developed, open, modular and secure software free of charge, which supports the essential tasks of operating energy and water networks on the basis of coordinated processes.

Operations diary ensures audit-proof shift change processes
In addition to the special feature that the IT solution can be downloaded and used by any interested network operator via the Eclipse platform without licence costs, the solution was also convincing in terms of content. The operations diary enables MVV to record, plan and remind entries in detail and supports the complete shift change process. All users benefit from a consistently high level of process transparency. In addition, the network control centres benefit greatly from the structured transfer of information during shift changes, as from now on all information is always shared in an audit-proof manner. And the time of the transfer of responsibility during a shift change is also precisely documented with the use of the operations diary.

PTA is also involved in the Working Group openKONSEQUENZ
In addition to the award-winning development of an operations diary, the PTA experts have developed other openKONSEQUENZ modules. These include, for example, the module “Planned network measures”, which significantly facilitates the management of network measures that regularly occur at network operators. As a central system for publishing faults and planned supply interruptions at network operators, the PTA consultants have also developed a fault information tool – and this too is open-source and free of charge. The development of new IT solutions in the working group takes much less time and further developments are possible at short notice. Thanks to a modern service-oriented architecture (SOA), the software is also flexibly scalable, expandable, easy to maintain and thus extremely durable.

Pioneering solutions and excellent companies awarded prizes
The award was accepted by the Managing Director of PTA Unternehmensberatung, Dr Tim Walleyo, on 23 November 2021 in Düsseldorf: “The award ceremony took place in an atmospheric ambience. It was a nice occasion to celebrate, because we are very happy about the honour. It not only confirms our successful work and consulting, but is also representative of the IT solutions that we develop together with our customers. Particularly in the course of digitalisation, there is great potential for optimisation and savings, and the openKONSEQUENZ working group shows in an impressive way that processes and specific business procedures can be optimised very successfully and quickly.”